Review - Emmanuel Cooper / Ruthin Craft Center / July 2014
Friezer Burn / Artslant / May 2014
Review - Ken Currie / Flowers / May 2014
Review - Peter Buggenhout / Barbara Gladstone / February 2014
Review - Luke Stettner / Kitchen / February 2014
Review - Michel de Broin / Bitforms / November 2013
Review - Sonya Blesofsky / Mixed Greens / October 2013
Review - Tom Shannon / Showroom / June 2013
Words to Live by / May 2013
Art Entrances / April 2012
Darren Jones: Pumping Irony
Solo exhibition at Illuminated Metropolis Gallery, New York
White Zinfandel the great food and culture publication is carrying my essay Cereal Killers in the latest issue.
Artslant Interview with Natalie Hegert
This interview was conducted by Natalie Hegert of Artslant. Natalie and I discussed the term 'curate' and its evolving meaning in and outside of the art world.
Darren Jones: The Burns of Sorrow and Care
251 Greene Street
July 21 - August 19 - 2012
Solo exhibition at 251 Greene Street space in New Haven Connecticut. A continuing investigation into the ephemeral manifestations of social experience.
Walsh Gallery @ Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ
Curated by Jeanne Brasile
June 7 - August 19, 2012
Showing work here as part of my collaborative venture with Ryan Roa. These drawings are the remains of physical impacts we subjected each other to.
Walsh Gallery, Seton Hall University, NJ
Organized by Jeanne Brasile
June 4th - August 31st, 2012
Window Installation as part of the continuing Windows on Walsh Series.
Pier Groups: Art and Sex Along the New York Waterfront
Curated by Jonathan Weinberg with Darren Jones
Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
April 6 - July 7, 2012
This exhibition will illuminate how the Hudson piers below 14th street were inhabited and transformed by downtown, avant-garde artists and a newly emerging gay subculture in the 1970s and early 1980s. The work in this show is unusually fascinating, offering an archive of New York's cityscape and those who lived within it, long consigned to memory.
Artists include, Vito Acconci, John Fekner, Leonard Fink, Ivan Galietti, Frank Hallam, Peter Hujar, Gordon Matta-Clark, Uzi Parnes, Shelley Seccombe, Shunk and Kender, Lee Snider, Stanley Stellar, Tava, Arthur Tress, and David Wojnarowicz among others.
Soul Seekers: Interpreting the Icon
Trinity Museum, New York
May 10 - July 31, 2012
A look into the timeless concept of the icon. This group exhibition updates the notion of what an icon is; what it can mean to people today in a secular sense. Staged inside historic Trinity Museum, the traditional venue casts a wonderful context for the contemporary icons on view.
Organized by the Visual Arts Committee of Trinity and Phenomena Project.
Darren Jones and Jo Wilmot: House of All Nations
New York based, Scottish artist, Darren Jones and London based, English artist Jo Wilmot present this two person exhibition at SHAG in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The venue is a store, performance space and gallery selling romantic, erotic and sensual products made by local and international artists. The work will include paintings and a window display celebrating the raison d'etre of SHAG.
The title of the exhibition is a prohibition era slang term for bordello, which has fallen out of use in contemporary vernacular.
Darren Jones and Jo Wilmot: House of All Nations - April 2012
Darren Jones: Wraith
The Museum of Russian Art will host this solo exhibition of new work relating to the mythology surrounding historical events from Scottish folklore and modern gay history. Through these subjects the work investigates the ephemeral nature of presence and the romantic associations of remembrance.
Pulvis et Umbra
by Jones and Roa
Opening reception - Saturday, November 12th, 6-8pm
Dates - November 12th - December 18th 2011
Gallery hours - Tuesday - Sunday, 12-6pm
120 Essex Street, New York, NY 10002
Located at the south end nearest Delancey Street
inside the Essex Street Market
Pulvis et Umbra is a multi-media exhibition by the collaborative artist duo, Jones and Roa. The title of the exhibition is Latin for “dust and shadows,” implying concerns of mortality and ephemerality, as well as referencing the qualities of the various mediums utilized to create the works in this show.
The title also references Jones and Roa’s interest in the shadow as a muse. The exhibition examines the nature of the object via the use of shadows and the recording of bodily actions and static objects through video, paint, sculptural elements and charcoal media.
The use of shadow as an inspiration places the artists within a philosophical framework rich with dichotomies including; absence/presence, light/shadow, tangibility/intangibility, body/environment and time/space.
Letting Go - Newark Open Doors 2011
Event - Saturday 22nd October, 2011
Unusually, I will be participating in this weekend long art festival twice. I will be presenting a new individual art work created for the exhibition, to be installed in the fried chicken restaurant next to Index Art Center in Newark.
Secondly, I will be presenting a video made with my collaborator Ryan Roa under the guise of our joint venture, Jones and Roa.
Curated by Jeanne Brasile and Jade Lien of Rogue Video and Performance
Industrial Aesthetics - Environmental Influences on Recent Art from Scotland
A recent curatorial venture, this exhibition is one of the largest collections of contemporary art from Scotland ever staged in the United States. I have had the opportunity to work with, and include an exceptional group of practitioners in this show, from major international artists to new and emerging talents. Visit the show until November 12th where you can see over 80 works of art by 23 artists.
A panel discussion will take place at the gallery on Tuesday, November 8th at 7pm.
Laura Aldridge / Ruth Barker / Neil Clements / Martin Creed /
Rory Donaldson / Alex Frost Carla Scott Fullerton / Douglas Gordon / Jessica Harrison / Ilana Halperin / Iain Hetherington Jim Lambie / Duncan Marquiss / James McLardy / Andrew Miller / Dan Miller /
Craig Mulholland Alex Pollard / Kate V. Robertson / Gary Rough /
John Shankie / Sandy Smith / Ric Warren
Curated by Darren Jones
Hunter College / Times Square Gallery
September 28 - November 12, 2011
Opening reception: Tuesday, September 27th, 6 - 8pm
Gallery hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 1 - 6pm
Flag Day - Islip Museum
Flag Day is a group exhibition at the Islip Art Museum on Long Island. It includes some incredible interpretations of what flags and banners have come mean to in terms of identity, belonging, cultural history and symbolism.
The show will include a work of mine titled 'Ancient Rites"; a burned, aged and decaying silk banner displaying heraldic motifs and national icons.
I love you so much that even when i'm lying next to you I miss you
Great title for an interesting group show of painters from the US and Europe.
Location? the National Arts Club. Posh, artistic and off kilter. Should be a good opening. The Tiffany ceilings and old world meets Williamsburg chic is genuinely unique in New York.
OPENING FRIDAY 15TH APRIL 2011 6-9PM
National Arts Club
Emily Noelle Lambert
Jovan Karlo Villalba
Jeanne Brasile, Polina Zaitseva and Jade Lien are this year's PixelPops curatorial team. Look out for unexpected and engaging projections in locations throughout the NJ/NY area.
Today is the Tomorrow you Thought About Yesterday
Nina Kong is the curator for this exhibition at the Williamsburg Art and Historical Center. Nina has gathered a strong group of artists in a great space.
Looking forward to this one in the heat of summer. Love the title too!
Opening August 9th 6-8pm with benefit auction
Eva Electra Pistidda
Brendan Wilson and Freddy Yauri
Moscow Biennial of Young Art
I will be representing Scotland and the USA at the 3rd Moscow Biennial of Young Art.
The exhibition I am participating in is titled Junk and is curated by Alexey Maslyaev as part of the city wide Biennial.
The entire event opens on the 1st July 2010
Junk will open on the 5th July and the entire project will run until September 2010.
The Golden Door
This outdoor group exhibition references New Jersey's historic position as the gateway for immigrants arriving in America.
Jersey City Museum and Liberty National have teamed up to invite 10 artists to design a green for a mini golf course in Hamilton Square.
My collaborator Ryan Roa and I have designed and built our hole based around golf's origins in Scotland and how immigrants brought the game to America in 18th century.
This is going to be a fantastic community based project which will be open to the public.
Come and play a round, interact with the artists, the artist designed greens and enjoy a beautiful part of Jersey City.
Curated by Christina Vassallo and Risa Puno.
Presented by Jersey City Museum,
Liberty National Golf Course &
Grand opening / JCM benefit:
6pm at Hamilton Square,
Jersey City, NJ
June 23, 2010
Open to the public:
June 24 - Sept 6, 10 am - dusk, daily
June 27, 2 pm - 5 pm
at Hamilton Square
in Jersey City, NJ.
Darren Jones & Ryan Roa
Nyugen E. Smith
Into the Void
Curated by Jeanne Brasile, this group show looks into notions of emptiness and ephemera. It will include many fantastic works by some really engaging young artists. The exhibition will be held at Index Art Center in Newark.
The exhibition will run from 18th June 2010 to 16th July 2010.
The opening reception is on 18th June from 6-9pm
I will be showing a new work created for the exhibition. Titled The Burns of Sorrow and Care, the work consists of old medicine bottles with cork stoppers which contain essences and remnants of intangible substances such as clouds, water, ocean spray, mist, air, fog and so on. These elements act as mementos from moments, experiences and places integral to my life. elements were 'captured' and are held in the vessels.
Etched texts on the bottles refer to the origin and sources of the contents in a romantic vein.
Curated by Mary Birmingham at the Hunterdon Art Museum this group exhibition is a beautiful and lush exploration of the plant world.
May 23rd 2010 - September 12th 2010
I have created a new work for this show titled, The Tress That Whisper in the Evening.
It consists of 15 small, green lanterns suspended from tress around the museum grounds. The lanterns contain small texts pertaining to the natural environment both original texts and literary references from history. They act as links or brakes between the speed of the contemporary world and the difficulty I find in connecting with a slower pace of life in nature.
A map at the museum provides visitors with the chance to go on a scavenger hunt throughout the vicinity to locate the lanterns and discover their literary musings.
Ides of March Biennial
The legendary ABC No Rio on Manhattan's Lower East Side has been a "center for resistance", art and social action for decades. It has held out for over 30 years against gentrification, city planners, local government and the rising tide of commercialism in the art world. It is an incredible, vibrant example of grassroots collectivism.
"ABC No Rio is a collectively-run center for art and activism. We are known internationally as a venue for oppositional culture. ABC No Rio was founded in 1980 by artists committed to political and social engagement and we retain these values to the present".
Their Ides of March Biennial is opening on March 19th 2010 at ABC No Rio on Rivington Street. Please join me and dozens of other artists as we celebrate the history and the future of this art world stalwart.
Ryan Roa and I will be debuting our new video, Raid in what is likely to be the last 'Ides' exhibition in the current building. ABC No Rio will be rebuilt in the next 2 years.
Flux Factory - Housebroken
Check out the Flux Factory's amazing new home in Long Island City with their inaugural show in this fantastic space. Through my collaborative practice with friend and colleague Ryan Roa I have an installation, Alpha/Omega in this exhibition.
Runs until March 21st. Check website for details.
Pep Rally; New Year New York
Utilizing the celebratory aspects of American sporting culture and Parade aesthetics "Pep Rally" is a way to galvanize energy and momentum for the new year as well as collapse the standard distance between Performer and spectator.
A one night performance event including The Cheer New York Cheerleading team, Pride Flaggers and Twirlers and the Hungry Marching Band plus bake sale and the Hunter College of the City University of New York Hawk Mascot!
29th January 2010
Times Square Gallery
450 West 41st Street btwn 9th and 10th Aves
New York, NY
Organized by the ACE (advisory committee for exhibitions) curatorial group.
This group show explores the culture of new year new you, narcissism, bodily imperfections, toxin removal, sparkling new gym memberships and all other January inspired health kicks. Opening night is January 15th at 16 Hoxton Square in the epicenter of London's contemporary art scene.
Curated by Concrete Allotment Projects who are Jo Wilmot and Kristen Lovelock.